Springfield, Mass. - February 22, 2014 - The Springfield College men's volleyball team dropped a three-set decision to visiting Concordia University in the championship match of the 2014 Volleyball Hall of Fame Morgan Classic on Saturday night in Blake Arena. The Eagles won by the set scores of 25-18, 25-22, 25-15.
Springfield was paced by a pair of All-Tournament team selections as Jimmy O'Leary (Reading, Pa.) had an especially strong match in the middle for the Pride, totaling 11 kills at a .714 clip to go along with four blocks, while Nick Ferry (Valencia, Calif.) posted a match-high 10 digs. Angel Perez (Naranjito, Puerto Rico) added seven kills.
Naseri Tumanuvao (Long Beach, Calif.) was named the MVP of the weekend and was dominant in the championship, pounding out 15 kills on a .667 hitting percentage. The Eagles had two other All-Tournament team honors as Kevin Fiske (Santa Ana, Calif.) ran the offense to a .436 hitting percentage with 34 assists, and Mark Metrakos (Irvine, Calif.) notched six kills, five blocks, and three aces. Harrison Carroll (Huntington Beach, Calif.) registered 10 kills as well for Concordia in the win.
After Concordia took an early 10-8 on an overpass kill by Tumanuvao, Springfield answered back with four unanswered points, taking a 12-10 cushion on O’Leary’s fourth kill. Trailing 14-12, Concordia took advantage of consecutive Springfield attack errors to take a 16-14 lead and force the Pride into a timeout. The Eagles continued to pour on the offensive pressure, and closed out the frame on a 9-4 surge to take the opening set, 25-18. The visitors hit an impressive .500 in the opening game, with Tumanuvao connecting for seven kills on 10 errorless swings.
Concordia carried that momentum in the second set storming out to a 5-0 lead, with Tumanuvao registering two early kills. Springfield regrouped to get it within 7-6 after Ryan Malone (Chicopee, Mass.) blasted a kill off the Eagle block, but the visitors regained an 11-7 lead thanks to a triple block from Tumanuvao, Metrakos, Fiske. Springfield clawed back to 15-13 on a back row swing from Luis Vega (Corozal, Puerto Rico), but the Eagles used a 6-2 push on consecutive Metrakos aces to take control at 21-16. The Pride made a late charge to make it 24-22, but Carroll was able to convert from the pin for the 25-22 win.
It was Springfield that took an early 3-2 lead on back-to-back blocks from O’Leary in the tihrd. However, the Eagles found their rhythm, and thanks to a block from Fiske and Metrakos, earned an 8-5 lead as Springfield called for at timeout. Concordia continued to push towards the victory, earning a 17-8 advantage thanks to a thunderous solo block by Vincent Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.). The Pride battled to within 18-12 on a block from Keaton Pieper (Dallas, Texas) and Sean Peterson (Norfolk, Va.), but the Eagles closed out the frame on a 7-3 spurt to claim the title.
Princeton 3, UC Santa Cruz 0
Springfield, Mass. - February 22, 2014 - 14 kills from junior outside hitter Cody Kessel (Colorado Springs, Colo.) paced the Tigers, as Princeton men’s volleyball coasted to a 3-0 victory over the University of California – Santa Cruz Banana Slugs on Saturday night at Blake Arena as part of the 2014 Volleyball Hall of Fame William Morgan Classic.
Princeton won by the scores of 25-13, 26-24, 25-15. With the win, the Tigers improve to 2-6 on the season, while the Banana Slugs fall to 7-8 overall.
Along with Kessel, sophomore outside hitter Devin Stearns (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) tallied eight kills on 15 attempts to hit at a .467 clip. Senior outside hitter Pat Schwagler (Orchard Park, N.Y.) and freshman middle blocker Junior Oboh (Old Bridge, N.J.) both registered six kills on the evening, with Schwagler posting seven digs. Senior setter Davis Waddell (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) posted 35 assists in the victory.
For the Banana Slugs, sophomore outside hitter Dan Kennedy (Lafayette, Calif.) and freshman middle blocker Thomas Hassenbein (Moorpark, Calif.) both tallied six kills, while junior libero Jake Hurwitz (Marina Del Rey, Calif.) registered five digs. Junior setter Blake Chadwick (San Diego, Calif.) posted 22 assists on the evening.
All-Tournament Team -
Brandon Torado - UC Santa Cruz
Cody Kessel - Princeton
Jimmy O'Leary - Springfield
Nick Ferry - Springfield
Kevin Fiske - Concordia
Mark Metrakos - Concordia
Naseri Tumanuvao - Concordia - MVP